I’m a writer and philosopher fascinated by coincidences: those strange, enigmatic experiences that are so often personally meaningful and yet push the boundaries of what we consider scientifically possible. My May 2019 book The Source and Significance of Coincidences presents a wealth of evidence concerning the statistical significance of coincidences, their range of probable causes, and how we can best interpret their implications for our lives.
For a preview of the book’s content, check out some of the original statistical research I did on this topic, published in March 2019 in the Journal of Scientific Exploration.
In addition to my work on coincidences, I have written several personal essays on the topics of relationships, spirituality, and the environment, which have appeared in Salon and Orion, among other places. A full list of my published articles is available here.
As for my background, I grew up in a rural county of eastern Virginia but spent almost all of my 20s elsewhere: getting a PhD in philosophy at New York University, falling in love in Paris, teaching philosophy at Brandeis University outside Boston, and living on a 200-year-old retired dairy farm in Brittany. Eight years ago I moved home to the place where I grew up.
You can contact me by email at sharon.rawlette[at]gmail[dot]com. You can also find me on Academia.edu.